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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Gardens Illustrated Magazine March 2018

Widely regarded as the Vogue of the gardening press, Gardens Illustrated aims to inspire you with an eclectic and international editorial mix of remarkable places, plants and people. With superb photography, authoritative journalism and exceptional design, this award-winning magazine is a style bible for garden designers, garden lovers and enthusiasts alike.

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United Kingdom
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

It has always fascinated me that inside a bulb is everything needed to grow into an incredible flower. A nascent bud, wrapped in leaves, inside a papery tunic, that is waiting to grow when the conditions are right. This issue of Gardens Illustrated is in praise of small things. Many small spring flowers are worthy of close inspection and part of the appeal is their transience. ‘These fleeting moments caught, is when pot culture excites me,’ Troy Scott Smith replied when I asked him to draw up his ideas for planting combinations for pots, inspired by the garden at Sissinghurst and its creator Vita Sackville-West. Vita likened the miniature form of gardening that is container planting to a jeweller working in precious stones. Sissinghurst is the epitome of an English garden,…

1 min.

CLIVE NICHOLS Clive photographed Morton Hall on page 76. “I have been documenting the garden at Morton for the past two years but the fritillary meadow at dawn has to be the highlight.” LYNN KEDDIE Lynn met Brian Ellis to shoot his collection of wood anemones on page 62. “Brian’senthusiasm was infectious and his knowledge impressive. Who knew that there were so many jewels?” JOHN HOYLAND John visited the bulb-filled garden of Rod and Jane Leeds on page 38. “It was great to visit Rod and Jane’s garden: it is a dream place for a plant enthusiast, packed with treasures.”…

1 min.
contributing editors

JAMES BASSON James lives in the South of France where he runs Scape Design with his wife Helen and is a passionate advocate for dry gardens and for creating sustainable landscapes. The winner of four Chelsea Gold medals, he was awarded Best in Show in 2017. FERGUS GARRETT Fergus was appointed head gardener at Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd in 1993. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge through student and volunteer programmes at Dixter and through worldwide lectures. He was awarded an RHS Associate of Honour in 2008. ANNA PAVORD Anna’s books include her bestseller The Tulip and most recently Landskipping. For 30 years she was The Independent’s gardening correspondent. In 2000 the RHS awarded her the Veitch Memorial Medal. She lives and gardens in Dorset. DAN PEARSON Dan is one of the UK’s best-known…

3 min.
reader events

1-5 OCTOBER 2018 GARDENS OF THE ITALIAN LAKES Our journey to the Italian Lakes, in the company of award-winning designer Annie Guilfoyle, will take us to some of the finest gardens of Lakes Como and Maggiore. We will travel mostly by boat, and while our days will be infused with exquisite light, by night we will revel in the fin de siècle atmosphere of our lakeside hotels. The warm, humid microclimate results in exceptional growing conditions, with much to enthuse the plantsman. Combining great botanical interest with the fascinating history of the gardens’ origins, our tour will move from the Renaissance to the 20th century with visits including the baroque splendours of Villa del Balbianello and the historic gardens of Villa Carlotta. The tour culminates at Orticolario, an unusual, small garden festival…

1 min.
dig in

A TOUCH OF GLASS In 1938 the businessman and inventor Vincent Hartley set up Hartley Botanic, a Lancashire-based manufacturer with the simple mission to produce the ‘finest greenhouses money can buy’. What made his glasshouses stand out was their aluminium frame, which unlike wood or wrought iron doesn’t rot or rust and allows the interior of the glasshouse to be free from internal bracing so maximising both light and space. This year marks Hartley Botanic’s 80th anniversary and the company continues to expand its range of aluminium glasshouses with designs that range from Victorian to contemporary. hartley-botanic.co.uk…

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A MARCH ON SPRING Hever Castle in Kent – the childhood home of Anne Boleyn – is celebrating all things daffodil this month. During its five-day Dazzling Daffodils event visitors can enjoy the 14,000 daffodils in bloom across the garden and discover more about the genus in a series of free talks from Johnny Walkers of Walkers’ Bulbs. Johnny, the winner of 35 RHS gold medals, will also be sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of daffodils on tours of the historic estate, which includes a rare chance to see Anne Boleyn’s Orchard with its impressive collection of bulbs. 21-25 March 2018. Tel 01732 865224, hevercastle.co.uk CULTIVATING VIRTUE Did you know that thyme is said to inspire courage or that asters symbolise love? You can discover more secrets of the language of flowers and help…